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S. McKenzie Skiles, Thomas H. Painter, Jeffrey S. Deems, Ann C. Bryant and Christopher C. Landry Dust radiative forcing in snow of the Upper Colorado River Basin: 2. Interannual variability in radiative forcing and snowmelt rates Water Resources Research 48

Version of Record online: 26 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2012WR011986

Key Points

  • Dust in snow in the Colorado River Basin absorbs extra 31 to 75 W m-2 in spring
  • This dust radiative forcing shortens snow cover duration by 21 to 51 days
  • Melt season temperature increases of 2 to 4 deg C shorten snow cover 5-18 days

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